Patrice Balbina

Patrice Balbina's Chance Encounter with the End of the World


"Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me." Carlos Fuentes

Patrice Balbina‘s Chance Encounter with the End of the World looks at the experience of leaving home and moving to another country through the eyes of a twelve year old girl. Devised by an international creative team, the play reflects the common experience of fear, courage and hope that drives the search for a better life. Created at a time when the world is experiencing the greatest displacement of people since the Second World War this important new international story reflects on the contrasting fragility and resilience of the human spirit.


Cast Raul Atalaia, Holy Fraser, Emilie Leclerc, Giuditta Mingucci and Yves Simard                                      

Director Fraser Corfield
Dramaturge Odette Bereska
Choreographer Jaqueline Gosselin
Production Design Ben Pugh
Sound Design Pru Montin
Education Mandy Smith
Stage Manager Dirk Neldner, Sven Laude
Contributing Artist Isabel Atalaia


"nuanced, warm, and sensitive, taking all due care to tell this story responsibly." Upstaged Review

"Documentary Theatre which balances power and purpose to entertain and engage young audiences." Sydney Arts Guide


Boomerang Booklet

A booklet documenting the whole project, Documents of Poverty and Hope, can be found here



Patrice Balbina’s Chance Encounter With The End Of The World is a unique collaboration between artists from six leading international theatre companies. ATYP Artistic Director Fraser Corfield leads professional artists from Pilot Theatre (UK), Teatro O Bando (Portugal), Teatro Stabile d’Innovazione (Italy), Dynamo Theatre (Canada) and Presentation House Theatre (Canada) to devise this new work that will premiere at ATYP before transferring to Vancouver. The final chapter of the two-year international partnership Documents of Poverty of Hope, supported through the European Union’s Cultural Fund, this extraordinary work looks at immigration and emigration from a global perspective.